10 October 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
On October 9, 2019, a member of the State Police Traffic Incident Management Unit stopped a 2011 Volvo Tractor-Trailer on Interstate 81 in the town of Onondaga for a New York State Tax Law violation, no Highway Use Tax sticker which is required on certain motor vehicles who operate on New York State public highways.
A DMV inquiry on the driver, identified as Joel Arpon, revealed that he was operating in a disqualified CDL driver’s license status. During the course of an impound inventory, Troopers discovered a plastic bag containing (31) gift cards that were partially secreted in a storage area inside the cab area. The investigation determined the gift cards had been in the name of (31) different individuals and the driver couldn’t explain how he came to possess them.
Troopers arrested Joel Arpon, age 45 from Miami, Florida for (31) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree (class “D” felony) and was issued traffic tickets for Unlicensed Operator, Improper license plate and no HUT sticker. Arpon was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center for centralized arraignment and was remanded on $15,000 cash bail / $25,000 secured bond.